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Winter Holiday Ideas

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When it comes to the holiday season, California has epic destinations and outdoor recreation. There’s more to do outdoors than look at the holiday lights!

Snowy winter wonderlands span the Sierra Nevada mountains; palm desert oasis can be found in Southern California, ghost towns in the deserts to remote hot springs, there is something for everyone.

National Parks to State Parks, National Forests, Historic Gold Country, Wine Country, most open year round.

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EVENTS & FAIRS

Holiday Towns in California

These particular locations go ‘all out’ with holiday decor, lights, craft shows, street fairs, and maybe a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Most events are focused around the downtown areas.pinetree

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December Events, Fairs, Festivals & Parades

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Cutting Christmas Trees

Yes, you can! Cut down a Christmas Tree out of the forest.  Get a tree cutting permit from your nearest National Forest ranger station.

This half-day adventure is best done with company (more people to help haul the tree). Hot cocoa in a thermos!

Buy a forest map and bring a sturdy hand saw. Be prepared to hike on hillsides and physically haul your chosen pine tree back to the rig. Make sure your vehicle can accommodate the size of your tree; a pick-up truck would be ideal.

Measure the height of the indoor space before you leave, so you know how TALL of a tree to cut. When standing in front of the tree in the forest, there is no reference point for your living room ceiling. May need to cut additional length off the bottom, when you arrive home.

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Leisure

New Years Eve

Everyone knows about the Rose Parade, otherwise known as the New Years Day Parade, held in Pasadena, CA – but few know that    you can view these floral floats lining up the night before.

the scent of flowers fills the air

Annually on New Years Eve, the public can stroll along tree-lined Orange Grove Blvd to watch the “finishing touches” being placed on the impressive parade floats.

Be prepared to walk miles for the FREE viewing. Many streets are blocked off (closed) for the upcoming event- so public parking can be tight.

Dress warmly and wear good walking shoes; bring a flashlight and expect chilly temps. Large lights are erected along the boulevard for this last minute finale.

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Mountain Camping California

destination: outdoors

real pine forests, cedar, fir, spruce, & hardwood; higher elevation, sierra nevada, north state, streams, river & lakes, campgrounds, RV camps, tent camping, backpacking trailheads, mountain biking areas,  wilderness camps, hot springs

Hiking California
Vogelsang Pass, Yosemite Backcountry

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Agua Tibia Wilderness
Almanor Lake
Almanor Resorts
American River California
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Angeles Campgrounds
Angeles National Forest
Angeles Oaks, SoCal
Angels Camp, Gold Rush Country
Ansel Adams Wilderness
Aspendell, Bishop Creek
Armstrong State Park, NorCal
Arnold, CA, Sierra Nevada
Lake Arrowhead Camping
Aspendell, Lakes & Bishop Creek
Atwell Mill Campground, Mineral King
Auburn Camping, American River
Austin Creek SRA, Bullfrog Pond Campground

Balch Park, Sequoia Mountain Home SF
Bass Lake Camping
Bear Meadow, Sequoia NF #23S64
Bear River, California
Belden Town, North Fork Feather River

Big Basin State Park, Santa Cruz Redwoods
Big Bear Lake, So Cal
Big Meadow Road #14S11, Sequoia
Blackrock Reservoir, Kings River

Blue Lakes Camping
Bucks Lake Campgrounds
Bucks Lake Wilderness
Burney Falls State Park Camping

California Fire Lookouts
NFS Cabins Rentals

Calaveras Big Trees, Gold Country
Calaveras River, California
Camp Nelson, Giant Sequoia
Canyon Creek Campground, Sierra Nevada
Carson River, California
Lake Castaic Camping L.A.
Castle Crag State Park, W of Shasta
Cleveland NF, Laguna Mtn, San Diego
Convict Lake, Eastern Sierra
Courtright Reservoir, W Sierra
Coyote Lake, 4×4 Camp, W Sierra
Lake Crowley, Eastern Sierra
Crocker Campground, Lake Davis
Lake Cuyamaca Camping, E San Diego
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, San Diego

Dardanelle, Sonora Pass
Lake Davis Loop, Plumas NF #24N10
Deanes Valley Campground, Plumas NF
Desolation Wilderness, Tahoe
Dick Smith Wilderness, Los Padres NF

Dinkey Creek Camping, Sierra NF
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

Dolomite Campground, Vegas
Dome Land Wilderness, Sequoia NF
Dome Springs Campground, Los Padres
Donner Memorial State Park, Truckee

Douglas City Campground, Trinity River

Eastern Sierra Camping

El Dorado Campgrounds, Gold Country
El Dorado Camping
El Dorado National Forest

Faucherie Lake, Donner Pass
Feather River, North Sierra
Forks of the Kern, Sequoia NF #22S82

South Yuba Campground BLM
South Yuba Campground BLM

Gold Lake California
Grant Grove, Kings Canyon NP
Green Creek Road, Eastern Sierra
Green Valley Lake, Big Bear

Grover Hot Springs State Park, S Tahoe
Gurnsey Campground, Lassen NF

Happy Camp, Klamath River
Hat Creek Campground, Lassen Fishing
Huntington Lake, Sierra Nevada
Hoover Wilderness, Eastern Sierra
Hope Valley Camping, Tahoe
Horse Meadow Campground, Eastern Sierra
Hume Lake Camping, Sequoia
Huntington Lake, W Sierra

Inyo Back Roads Camping
Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra
Isabella Lake Camp, Kern River

Jackson, Gold Country Foothills
Jennie Lakes Wilderness, Sequoia
John Muir Wilderness
Julian, San Diego Mountains
June Lake Loop Campgrounds
Juniper Lake, Lassen NP
Lake Kaweah, South Sequoia NP

Kaiser Wilderness, W Sierra
Kennedy Meadows, Kern

Kern Flats Free Camping
Kern River California
Kern River, Southern Sierra
Kern River Campgrounds
Kern River Camping
Kern River Hot Springs
Kernville, California – Southern Sierra
Kings Canyon National Park
Kings River Camping
Kirch Flat Campground, Kings
Lower Kings River Road #12S01

Kirkwood Lake, Carson Pass
Klamath National Forest
Klamath Lakes, California

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Laguna Hanson, Baja California
Sierra Juarez Mountains

Lake Hemet, Idyllwild
Lake Oroville SRA
Lake Tahoe Campgrounds
Lake Tahoe Towns

Lakes Basin Recreation Area

Lassen Lakes, Fishing Camping
Lassen National Forest
Lassen Volcanic NP

Lily Pad Campground, Wishon
Little Grass Valley Reservoir
Long Valley Campground, Kern

Los Padres Camping
Los Padres Group Campgrounds
Los Padres National Forest

Lundy Lake, Eastern Sierra

Mahogany Flat Campground, DVNP
Mammoth Lakes, Eastern Sierra
Mammoth Pool Reservoir, W Sierra
Marble Mountain Wilderness
Markleeville, Sierra Nevada
McArthur-Burney Falls Campground
McCloud Camping, Shasta NF
McGee Creek Campground, Eastern Sierra
McKinley Sequoia Grove, Western Sierra

Meadow Valley, Plumas NF
Mendocino National Forest
Merced River California
Milsap Bar, Middle Fork Feather River
Mineral King Canyon, Sequoia NP
Mill Creek California
Modoc National Forest
Mono Hot Springs, Sierra NF
Mono Lake California
Mt Abel, Camp-O-Alto @ Cerro Noroeste
Mount Charleston, Vegas
Mount Laguna, E San Diego

Mount Pinos Campgrounds
Mountain Home State Forest, Sequoias

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National Forest Cabins
Nettle Springs Campground, Los Padres
New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Gold Country
New Melones Reservoir, Gold Country Foothills
North Bloomfield,  Gold Country
North San Juan, Gold Country

Ojai Camping, Los Padres NF
Onion Valley Campground, Eastern Sierra
Oroville Camping, Feather Rivers Recreation

PCT – Backpacking the High Sierra
Pacific Crest Trail Maps & Guide Books

Palomar Mountain, N San Diego
Palomar Mountain State Park

Pine Creek Wilderness, E San Diego
Pinecrest Lake Camping
Pine Flat Reservoir, Kings River
Pine Mountain, Mount Pinos

Plumas Campgrounds
Plumas Fishing Camping
Plumas National Forest
Pyramid Lake, N Los Angeles
Ponderosa, Giant Sequoia

Primitive Camping California

Quatal Canyon, Los Padres Rd #9N09
Quincy Camping, Plumas NF

Red Lake, 4×4 Camp, W Sierra
Redinger Lake, Western Sierra
Remington Hot Springs, Kern
Reyes Peak, N Ojai, Los Padres NF

Rock Creek, California
Rock Creek Campgrounds
Rock Front Ranch, 4×4 Camping

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Saddlebag Lake Campground, Tioga
Salmon River, NorCal
San Bernardino NF, Big Bear

Sand Pond, Lakes Basin
San Diego Mountains
San Diego Group Camping
Samuel P Taylor Campground, Redwoods SF

San Gorgonio Wilderness, Big Bear
San Jacinto River, Sierra Nevada
Mount San Jacinto Camping
San Jacinto Wilderness, Idyllwild

San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
San Rafael Wilderness, Los Padres NF

Santa Lucia Camping, Central Coast
Santa Lucia Wilderness

Sardine Lake, Lakes Basin
Sawmill Lake, Sierra Nevada
Scott River, California

Sequoia Lakes
Sequoia National Forest Camping
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia OHV Camping

Sespe Hot Springs
Sespe Wilderness
Shasta-Trinity Forest, NorCal
Lake Shasta Campgrounds

Shaver Lake Camping
Sierra Buttes, Lakes Basin
San Madre Ridge, Los Padres NF
Sierra National Forest
Sierra NF Rd #9, Big Creek


Sierra Nevada Lakes
Sierra RV Parks

Silver Lake California (more than one)
Silver Peak Wilderness, Big Sur
Silverwood Lake SRA, Los Angeles
Silver City, Mineral King, Sequoia NP
Sinkyone Wilderness, Lost Coast
Siskiyou Wilderness, Klamath

Six Rivers National Forest

Smith Lake, Lakes Basin
Smith River NRA

Snag Lake Campground, Lakes Basin
Snake Lake Campground, Quincy
Snow Mountain Wilderness, Mendo NF

Snow Towns in California

South Warner Wilderness, Modoc
South Yuba River Camping
Stanislaus & Sonora Pass, Sierra Nevada
Stanislaus River California 
Stanislaus Sonora Camping
Susan River, California mtnbikeforest

Tahoe Camping
Tahoe Lake Campgrounds
Tahoe National Forest

Tent Cabins in California

Thorndike Campground, DVNP

Three Rivers, Sequoia NP
Toiyabe National Forest
Topaz Lake, Eastern Sierra
Trinity Lake Campgrounds
Trinity Alps Wilderness, NorCal
Trinity River Camping
Truckee River California
Tule River California 
Tuttle Creek Campground, Eastern Sierra
Twin Lakes, Eastern Sierra

Valle Vista Campground, Los Padres
Ventana Wilderness, Big Sur
Virginia Lakes Camping

Walker Lake, Inyo Rd #1S23
Weaverville Camping, Trinity River
Weed, California, Mount Shasta
Whiskeytown Reservoir, W Redding
Wishon Lake, Western Sierra

Wrightwood, Angeles Crest

Yolla Bolly Wilderness
Yosemite Lakes
Yosemite National Park
Yuba River California

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Animals

see also –

All Lake Campgrounds in California
Autumn Colors Camping in California
Bear in California
Horse Pack Camping Trips
RV Parks Northern California
RV Park Klamath River
Sierra Lakes California
Sunrise at Camp
Tent Cabins in California
Walk-In Camp Sites